Hike Death Valley 2017

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Hike Death Valley 2017

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See the hike descriptions below.
 
 

Easy Hikes

Ubehebe Crater Loop

Length: 1.5 mile (2.4km) loop
Time: 1 hour round trip
Difficulty: Moderate. Exposed edges! Not good for those with a fear of heights.
Elevation Gain: 500 ft (152m)
Location: 8 miles (13km) west of Scotty's Castle
Parking: The paved lot directly overlooks the crater and is large enough for buses and large RV's.
Closest Restroom: No restrooms. Nearest restrooms are located at the unstaffed Grapevine Ranger Station 5 miles (8km) east of the crater.
Route: The hike is commonly done in a counter-clockwise direction where hikers begin with the uphill section first. Within 0.5 mi (0.8km) Little Hebe Crater comes into view and is a common destination for those looking for a shorter trip.

Natural Bridge

Length: 1 mi (3.2km) out and back round trip
Time: 45 minutes round trip
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 86 ft (26m)
Location: The unpaved Natural Bridge Road is 13.5 miles (22km) south of CA-190 on Badwater Road and is typically passable to sedans.
Parking: Open parking area large enough for buses and RV's.
Closest Restroom: Vault toilet located in parking lot.
Route: The route from the information sign up the canyon to the bridge formation is easy to follow but very rocky. The canyon continues a short distance beyond the bridge where it abruptly ends at a dry waterfall.

Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch, and Badlands Loop

Length: 3 to 8 miles (5 to 13km) routes
Time: 1.5 to 4.5 hours round trip depending on route
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Elevation Gain: 535 ft to 834ft (163m to 254m)
Two Locations:
  • Golden Canyon trailhead located 2 miles south of CA-190 on Badwater Road.
  • Zabriskie Point on CA-190 located 3.5 miles east of Badwater Road.
Parking: Paved lots at both locations. Large spaces for RV's and buses.
Closest Restroom: Located in both parking lots
Route: A maze of canyons and badlands create hiking opportunities galore. Go to the Golden Canyon page for route details, map, and GPS data.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Length: 2 miles (3.2km) round trip out and back
Time: 1.5 hours round trip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 185 ft (65m)
Location: Located in Stovepipe Wells Village 30 minutes (24mi/39km) west of Furnace Creek.
Parking: Paved lot with pull through spaces for buses and large RV's.
Closest Restroom: Vault toilets located in parking lot.
Route: The summit of the high dune is 1 mile (1.6km) each way. No formal trail. Of the seven sets of dunes in Death Valley, these are the most famous and accessible.
 


Moderate Hikes


Desolation Canyon

Length: 3.6 mile (5.8km) out and back round trip
Time: 2.5 hours round trip
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 600 ft (183m)
Location: The short unpaved Desolation Canyon Road is located 3.7 miles (6km) south of CA-190 on Badwater Road. Typically passable to sedans.
Parking: Open gravel parking area large enough for buses and RV's.
Closest Restroom: No restroom at site. Golden Canyon parking lot 1.7 miles (2.7km) north has a vault toilet in the parking lot.
Route: Unmarked route with rock scrambling required. Go to the Desolation Canyon page for details.

Mosaic Canyon

Length: 4 miles (6.4km) out and back round trip
Time: 2.5 - 3 hours round trip
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft (366m)
Location: The 2.3 mile (3.7km) unpaved Mosaic Canyon Road is located in Stovepipe Wells Village just across from Stovepipe Wells Campground. The road is typically passable in a sedan.
Parking: A large gravel parking area. Buses and large RV's not recommended.
Closest Restroom: Stovepipe Wells Village at the General Store and Restaurant.
Route: Many hikers choose to hike to the first set of beatiful canyon narrows less than 0.5 miles (0.8km) into the canyon. Check out the Mosaic Canyon page for a map, GPS data, and details about how to make this classic hike a longer adventure.

Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch, and Badlands Loop

Length: 3 to 8 miles (5 to 13km) routes
Time: 1.5 to 4.5 hours round trip depending on route
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Elevation Gain: 535 ft to 834ft (163m to 254m)
Two Locations:
  • Golden Canyon trailhead located 2 miles south of CA-190 on Badwater Road.
  • Zabriskie Point on CA-190 located 3.5 miles east of Badwater Road.
Parking: Paved lots at both locations. Large spaces for RV's and buses.
Closest Restroom: Located in both parking lots
Route: A maze of canyons and badlands create hiking opportunities galore. Go to the Golden Canyon page for route details, map, and GPS data.|

Fall Canyon

Length: 6 mile (9.7km) out and back, round trip
Time: 3.5 hours round trip
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,460 ft (752m)
Location: The 2.7 mile (4.3km) unpaved two-way section of Titus Canyon Road is located 11.9 miles north of CA-190 on Scotty's Castle Road. The road is typically passable to sedans.
Parking: Open gravel parking area not recommended for large RV's or buses.
Closest Restroom: Vault toilet in the parking lot.

Route: See the Fall Canyon page for route information, a map, and GPS data.
 

Difficult Hikes (and Backpacking Routes)

Panamint Dunes

Length: 8 mile (12.8km) out and back
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,028 ft (313m)
Location: Unmarked cross country route off the unpaved Lake Hill road, approximately 4.5 miles east of Panamint Springs on the north side of Highway 190. Access to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle.
Parking: Small gravel lot.
Closest Restroom: Panamint Springs Resort or Emigrant Canyon Rest Station. No restroom along the trail, follow principle 3 of Leave No Trace (LNT).
GPS Data: 36° 27.673'N, -117° 27.331'W (the highest dune)
Route: Uneven, sandy and partially rocky. Little elevation gain until you reach the dunes at approximate 3 miles in. From there, sandy and strenuous to the tops of 4 different dunes.


Wildrose Peak

Length: 8.4 miles (13.5km) out and back, round trip.
Time: 6 hours round trip.
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft (671m)
Location: From CA-190 follow Emigrant Canyon Road past the Wildrose Campground to the parking area at the Charcoal Kilns. The final 2 miles is a maintained gravel surface typically passable in a sedan. 25 ft vehicle limit.
Parking: 25 ft vehicle limit. Open gravel area.
Closest Restroom: Vault toilet in parking area. No restroom along the trail, follow principle 3 of Leave No Trace (LNT).
Route: A great hike for when it starts getting too hot in the valley. Winter storms may bring some snow. See the Wildrose Peak page for route information, a map, and GPS data.

Telescope Peak

Length: 14 mile (22.5km) out and back, round trip
Time: 7 hours round trip
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft (914m)
Location: From CA-190 follow Emigrant Canyon Road past the Wildrose Campground to the parking area at the Charcoal Kilns. The final 5 miles is a maintained gravel surface typically passable in a sedan. 25 ft vehicle limit.
Parking: 25 ft vehicle limit. Open gravel area.
Closest Restroom: Vault toilet in parking area. No restroom along the trail, follow principle 3 of Leave No Trace (LNT).
GPS Data: GPS data for the unmarked route is for supplemental purposes only. Take a map and compass when exploring the trail-less wilderness.
Route: Check out the Telescope Peak page for detailed descriptions, map, and GPS files for your trip.

Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop

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